According to ZDnet, Britain’s largest broadband operator by subscribers, BT, has begun pilots of its new fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband services in two areas of the country; Muswell Hill in London and Whitchurch in Cardiff. Approximately 15,000 properties are covered in each of the regions, and other internet service providers (ISPs), including BSkyB, TalkTalk and O2, are reportedly participating in the trials. BT has said it expects to have up to 29 exchanges enabled with FTTC technology by early 2010, and is aiming to provide fibre connectivity to approximately 40% of the population by 2012.
The pilot follows on from internal trials of the technology in Ipswich, where the telco was able to achieve downlink speeds of up to 40Mbps. BT has also begun trials of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) offering speeds of up to 100Mbps at Ebbsfleet in Kent, with a wider-scale pilot covering more than 40,000 homes expected to begin in March 2010.